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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Myrtle Beach!

How are you tonight? Hope you had a warm and cozy weekend.  It was cold and rainy here so I stayed in most of the time and tried to organize and clean up my desk and bedroom.

I even watched a little TV. Being Valentine weekend today was a lot of girlie movies on and now the movie The Holiday is playing. As you know I don't watch a lot of TV but who can resist a girlie movie.

I found a few pic's that I took on my short walk while visiting Myrtle Beach last month. Very hard
staying on the beach and not get to enjoy it but for only a short walk. Thank goodness though I did have that chance. It is a lovely beach.

We drove 18 hours the first day on our way to Myrtle Beach. Left at 3:00 Am from Texas stopped at Tallashassee, Florida at a Flying J Truck Stop where Barbara slept for about four hours. It was so cold  inside the RV that I went inside and drank hot chocolate with the truck drivers all night. I can scratch that one off by bucket list. hahaha.

Then we drove 12 hours the next day to Myrtle Beach. I can remember by the second day and listening to Barbara talk politics non stop I tried excusing myself to the back of the RV so I could rest my mind for a few minutes but I swear to you while back in the RV I was tossed around like a fruit salad at Christmas time. I actually thought of Lucille Ball while I was flying around in that darn thing. Needless to say I did not last long in the back. It was either loose my mind listening about Newt or get seriously hurt being tossed around so I chose loosing my mind.

We drove up to the Sheridan about 7 PM and it was filled with nothing but men in suits and ties and women dressed to the nines and here Barbara and I walk in grungee looking after driving for two days with no shower. I felt like a street person amongst all of them.  You can imagine the snooty looks we were getting. Then there was all the secret service guys to deal with trying to get to our room. What a trip!

It was strange that I only a saw maybe one other person walking that day. I expected a busy place like Myrtle Beach to find the beach crowded but I got really lucky as you can see.
Funny how you always see pictures of footprints in the sand so I had to try taking some myself. lol
I would think this foot print belonged to a very tall man.  lol

As you know my trip to Myrtle Beach was for the GOP Debates. It was a hard trip because we never slowed down. Barbara wanted to be everywhere Newt Gingrich was and believe me that man was in a lot of places in and around Myrtle Beach.

There were receptions, conferences, lunches and dinners involving the candidates. I did beg out of most of them so I could do other things. Like the walk on the beach.

I met most of the candidates workers since I kept running into them everywhere. I found the ones that worked for Ron Paul were the friendliest. Barbara never meets a stranger so we met a lot of people. The last time I talked to her on the phone she was working for Gingrich now in her home state of Nevada. I know that she is giddy with happiness.

Romney I think were the most distant. He of course had more secret service guys or security than the others. We stayed at the same hotels with them and in Charleston the same floor which made for a lot of security checks going up and down the elevators.

I never could make myself like being at these functions. The waste of money for having these events kept me from enjoying myself. I kept thinking of how much waste was being spent by all of these people trying to get their man elected.

One banquet we attended the main course was prime rib. That was the one where Senator Thompson spoke. I did enjoy meeting him. He seemed like a very nice man. I remember watching him on Law and Order.

I did enjoy that night because the young man that sat beside me was funny and we laughed a lot. He worked in Washington but I never found out what his job was there. I told him my daughter was Ms. Texas and was single so you can imagine how much attention he paid me all night. When I tried to tell him the truth about Christi he refused to believe me and insisted we exchange phone numbers. lol Don't worry I did not give him my number.

I fully intended on doing an entirely different post tonight so how I ended up on Myrtle Beach is beyond me. Must have something to do with the ride in the back of the RV.

Oh I did want to mention that you are so sweet leaving me all the kind comments on my last post. That was another post that I did not intend to write. lol....Believe me when I say that if I can get up on a Holly or John and mow then all of you can too. There is nothing special about me doing it. In my situation over the last few years I have done lot's of things that never would I have ever thought of doing but nothing that you could not do in the same situation. When your left to fend for yourself you find out there is lot's of things you can do that you never dreamed of even trying.  We are all survivors. So don't ever think you could not do it. I know each and every one of you and I know your capable of doing anything you want or need to do.

I am overwhelmed at the Love you show me. Your right I am not alone. Love to all and
Sweet Dreams


Theanne said...

The closest I ever got to Myrtle Beach was Nags Head LOL! Enjoyed your fling with the politicos...and your quiet time on the beach! I wonder if Don ever thought about losing his mind when I was driving the motorhome?!!! I used to talk nonstop too...but not about Newt!!!!

Gorges Smythe said...

I notice there weren't many swimmers or sun-bathers on the beach!

Titbelsoeur toute seule said...

very nice pics, and I laughed a lot reading the story with the young guy at the dinner !!


Awwwwwwww, this is such a wonderful post. You know how much I love the beach. I loved it so much when I had the opportunity [both Atlantic and Pacific] when I was younger, I finally got here to stay!! I wasn't born here, but got here as quickly as I could. And I love the one little ditty you had on your 'bucket list'...that just cracked me up.

Also, dear friend ---I really enjoyed your post below this one also...63....just this past week I turned 63. And your reminiscing of your daddy and the tractor. Wonderful memories.

Julia said...

Thanks for the story of your trip. I'm sorry that it wasn't the most enjoyable trip but you are a good sport.

I like the one about Christie being Miss Texas, hahaha.
The beach looks deserted so it must have been cold.
I'm off to the barn,
Have a great day Maggie.

acorn hollow said...

I have never been to mryle beach but it looks great.
You must be glad you got that experience and looking down their noses how very kind of them makes you want to run and vote doesn't it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think we drove through the Carolinas the year we drove to Florida from New York! What a trip ~ so while I wasn't tossed around, I was dealing with two kids in the back seat, Maggie! Such a pretty sight and how nice you had the beach to yourself. Everybody else was probably in at the conferences and all!

Nancy's Notes said...

Myrtle Beach is a lovely beach and it looks like you had it all to yourself! Love the footprints in the sand photo! Great post and so interesting reading about your time there! I always enjoy your posts, sweet Maggie!

Pat said...

All the times we drove from MD to FL when we were participating in craft shows so much more than now, we never stopped at Myrtle Beach. The beaches are so serene in the winter if you can stand the cold. Trying to talk the husband for a getaway weekend to Ocean City or Rehoboth.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love your beach shots..very cool!

You have so many friends sweetie! There is just something about you that attracts weirdos like me! Maybe because I am a yellow haired grandma also....




Sweet Tea said...

That sounds like quite the adventure! I love a beautiful beach. To me, when the sun is shining, there is nowhere happier than the beach, BUT when there is no sunshine the beach seems lonely and depressing, aka the movie, "Beaches". . .Mister talks politics 24/7 so I would have been drinking cocoq with the truckers too!

Sue said...

Sounds like an interesting time in Myrtle Beach. I'm glad you got to enjoy the beach itself and didn't spend all your time in meeting halls!


Garden of Egan said...

You live such an exciting life.
I would think that riding in the back of an RV oughta mark something off the bucket list.

Nezzy said...

Warm and cozy weekend...ha....your too stinkin' funny!!! It was seven Sunday mornin' here and there's a blizzard goin' on right now.

Oh how I long to feel that warm squishy sand between these little tooties of mine. ('feet haven't grown since the fifth grade) Heeehehehe!!!

Thanks for givin' us a little taste of you very interesting trip my friend.

God bless ya and have a fantastic week!!! :o)

sissie said...

Hi Maggie,
I'm sorry that your trip to Myrtle Beach wasn't the best. I live 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. We are north of Myrtle toward Wilmington.

Myrtle Beach starts to come alive in late February and early March when the tourist arrive. We locals enjoy the beaches during the off season. Most locals wouldn't go into Myrtle during the candidates visits.

You certainly traveled a long way but I hope that you can get back again someday.


Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, you really had the beaches to yourself.
Had to laugh at your one less goal for your bucket list. That sounded like fun,much more fun than listening to politics.

Pat MacKenzie said...

Hi Maggie. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment and becoming my newest follower.

It sounds like you have an adventure or two to write about. Think I'll stick around and watch them unfold..

GerryART said...

Hey, gal, sounds like your trip was one to write about.
We love hearing about your adventures. Seems like what ever you do ends up as an adventure. Ever think about that?

Debby said...

Your trip sounds a bit like a nightmare. Driving tht fr in two days. Were you supposed to sleep in the Rv? The walk on the beach is probably what saved you.
I haven't been there but have been to HIlton Head a couple of times.
Funny about Miss Texas. At first I thought you were serious.
Have a good week friend.

Sweet Tea said...

I'm gonna work on a blogazine post to send to you; thanks for mentioning it! I don't have an email address for you. Can you send it my way?

Darlene said...

Enjoyed the pictures of Myrtle Beach that you took last month. That was some trip for you! I remember that you came home early.

I have been to Myrtle Beach, but it was really warm when we went (in the summer). We used to live in Florida for about 11 months. I'm afraid I don't have very good memories about Florida, but it wasn't about the State itself, it was about Dick's leaving his job when he got midlife crisis and we moved there and bought a house as I guess we thought we would be there forever. Needless to say, things didn't work out for him and he was fortunate enought to get his old job back, so we left and even sold our house there. We were lucky! I did enjoy the few times we went to the coast though. We lived in Orlando.

I don't blame you though, for not wanting to go to all those politcal things. Ugh! I can hardly stand to watch TV anymore, because Dick is glued to Fox.

Hope you are feeling okay!

Connie said...

It's good you were able to relax and take a walk on Myrtle Beach. Sounds like it was a whirlwind of a trip! Love your description of your ride in the back of the RV! Made me laugh.
Hope you have a Happy Valentine Day!